Anthony Yarde set for world title shot as Russian Boxing Federation announce clash with Sergey Kovalev on August 24

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BRITISH light-heavyweight Anthony Yarde will challenge for the WBO world title against Sergey Kovalev in Russia on August 24.

The news was announced by the Russian Boxing Federation on their official website.

Anthony Yarde has bagged a world title shot against Sergey Kovalev – but will have to trek to Russia to win it
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Hackney hitter Yarde, 27, has only had 18 fights since turning pro and will go in as the underdog against veteran champ Kovalev.

But with 17 KOs from those fights, Yarde and his camp will be confident of upsetting the odds in the Russian’s backyard and bringing the belt back to Britain.

Kovalev beat Eleider Alvarez in a rematch in February to win back the WBO belt after losing to the Colombian in 2018.


The 36-year-old Russian has only three defeats on his record, two against boxing legend Andre Ward and one against Alvarez.

He has won 33 times with 28 KOs, with one draw.

Yarde is the WBO Inter-Continental and European champ, and this has earned him the mandatory shot at Kovalev for the full WBO world title.

Sergey Kovalev holds the WBO light-heavyweight title and will be favourite when he fights Yarde
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